The new iPhone 5S showcases a Touch ID fingerprint scanner among a variety of other features. However, unlike previous phones where people competed to see who gets it first, the fingerprint scanner has started a new kind of race to find out who can hack the technology behind it.
The crowdsourced hacker reward started on Wednesday, when Nick Depetrillo and Robert David Graham launched a website IsTouchIDHackedYet.com. The website was set up to offer a reward for the first hacker to demonstrate (in a video) that they can lift an iPhone user’s fingerprint off any surface, reproduce it and unlock their phone. The crowdsourced reward features a few thousand dollars, cryptocurrency called Bitcoin and other miscellaneous items.
Depetrillo stated that he started the initiative as an attempt to demonstrate how difficult it would be to hack the TouchID software. However, this isn’t a new tactic as many tech companies like Facebook and Google have offered rewards to any hacker that can identify and report security issues or bugs in their products.
Although the crowdsourced reward continues to grow in an attempt to generate more interest, hackers have to wait until the phone releases on Sept. 20.
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